Staff Bios

Orthopedics Team

staff-8389ROB HUTCHISON, PA-C
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Phoenix-native J. Robert Hutchison is a certified physician assistant. He graduated from Chaparral High School and then went on to the University of Arizona. He was accepted into the Athletic Training internship program at the University. During his four years there he worked and did some travel with the University teams. After leaving the U of A he did an NFL internship with the Arizona Cardinals before starting graduate school at A.T. Still University. He finished at A.T. Still University with a Master’s degree in Athletic Training. Between graduate school and P.A. school he worked in the high school setting as an athletic trainer and worked one season in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire in Dusseldorf, Germany. He attended Midwestern University for P.A. school and has been working in Orthopedics since he graduated 12 years ago.

Mr. Hutchison received a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Arizona, a Masters Degree from A.T. Still University and later went on to complete the Physician Assistant program at Midwestern University. During his studies, he focused on Sports Health Care specifically.

Mr. Hutchison is board certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

 

staff-8381SUSAN STEWART – MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Susan is a native of Phoenix, Arizona where she attended Sunny Slope High school. She fulfilled her undergraduate studies at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her area of study included Business and Nutrition. Upon graduation she completed training in orthopaedics and has continued in this field.  Over the years she has worked with local institutions such as the Diamond Backs Athletics. She has over 20 years of experience that is continued with Brian Gruber MD. Susan is the medical assistant to Dr. Gruber. In a clinical setting Susan will be casting, bracing, aiding with injections, and aiding in the performance of other medical services while assisting Brian Gruber MD.

 

KATHY HASH – MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Kathy is a certified medical assistant for Integrated Orthopedics’ physician assistants Rob Hutchison and Gretchen Post. She completed her education at Omaha College of Health Careers in Omaha, Nebraska. Kathy has worked as a medical assistant for over 18 years and the last 12 years have been in orthopedics. She recently moved to Arizona with her family from Omaha, Nebraska and are enjoying living in Arizona. Kathy has two grown children and two grandchildren.

 

CHRISTINE LE – X-RAY TECHNICIAN
Christine is a Vietnamese American, born and raised in Phoenix. She is fluent in English and Vietnamese. Christine did her internship at Honor Health Osborn and Scottsdale Medical Imaging Ltd. (SMIL). She completed her Medical Radiography degree at Gateway Community College. After graduation, Christine worked for SMIL and different hospitals/clinics through Desert Medical Careers while going to school to finish her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in health science: diagnostic medical imaging and therapy, which she completed in 2017. On her days off, Christine enjoys spending time with her two dogs, travel, and participating in her youth group.

 

SHERRI MEYER – FRONT OFFICE MANAGER
Sherri has been in the medical field with front office and billing experience for 15+ years. Prior to joining the team at Integrated Orthopedics in 2017, Sherri worked in the front office for physical therapy at Physiotherapy Associates. Prior to that, she worked in roles in medical billing and as a front office manager. Sherri is an Arizona native who loves outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and off-roading. She describes herself as a “DIY junky” and her biggest love is family time with her husband, three kids and three grandchildren.

 

SAMANTHA ALCARAZ – FRONT OFFICE COORDINATOR
Sam coordinates activities at the front desk and welcomes and check-in our patients. She is currently a student at Paradise Valley Community College pursing her bachelor’s degree with the goal of then applying to graduate programs to become a physician assistant. Prior to joing out team, Sam worked at Lifescape Medical Association in collections and billing. She also worked at the Bureau of Medical Economics in collections. Sam is married with a beagle basset hound. She loves crafting, including scrapbooking, painting and all things DIY.

 

STEPHANIE DOTSON – FRONT OFFICE COORDINATOR
Stephanie welcomes our patients at the front desk and coordinates front office activities. She is a graduate of Peoria High School. In addition to her work in the medical field with Agave Pediatrics and SimonMed Imaging, she worked with the special needs department at Peoria High School and taught Pre-K for eight years. Stephanie and her spouse and their seven children live an active lifestyle and enjoy playing and watching sports, especially basketball.

 

CHRISTINE BINK – A/R SPECIALIST
Bio coming soon.

 

Physical Therapy Team

 

TODD WATERKOTTE, PT, MPT, – DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Todd graduated from Rockhurst college, in Kansas City, MO where he earned a bachelor of science in biology and masters in physical therapy. Todd brings over twenty years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. He has a strong background in manual therapy and has been trained in the certification process of Maitland-University of St. Augustine, NAIOMT for the treatment of orthopedic and neuromuscular dysfunctions. Todd has recently become certified in dry needling and is working toward his certification from the Postural Restoration Institute. Todd is also trained in treating vestibular dysfunctions, specifically benign positional paroxysmal vertigo. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, golfing and barbecuing.

 

JESSICA TATE, PT, DPT, OCS – STAFF PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Jessica is originally from a small town in coastal Massachusetts. She moved to Phoenix with her family in 1995 and graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2002. Jessica completed her undergraduate education at University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology in 2006. She then returned to Phoenix and started exploring the world of physical therapy and orthopedics. Jessica spent two years working as a physical therapy technician before deciding to further her education in the field. In 2011, Jessica graduated with a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She immediately entered a yearlong orthopedic physical therapy residency program with HealthCare Partners in Torrance, CA. After completing her residency in 2012, she relocated back to Arizona and has continued to pursue her passion for orthopedic physical therapy. In 2012, Jessica was published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy in 2012 and has been recognized as a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) since 2014. Beyond her career, Jessica enjoys traveling with her husband, exploring new local restaurants, running, interval training and cheering on her hometown Boston sports teams and U of A Wildcats.

 

Danielle McConnell, DPT
Danielle was born in Pennsylvania, but has been in Arizona for 32 years. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she received a bachelor of science in kinesiology. Danielle completed her training to become a physical therapist at A.T. Still University, where she received a doctorate in physical therapy. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 13 years, including roles at TOCA, Physiotherapy Associates and Total Sports Therapy. Danielle is ASTYM certified. In her free time, she enjoys working out, hiking with her family, traveling to California and watching the ASU Sun Devils and Pittsburgh Steelers play football. Danielle also loves spending time with her young son, who she says keeps her moving all the time.

 

GARY LENOX, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS – STAFF ATHLETIC TRAINER
Gary is originally from Globe Arizona. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science and Secondary Education from the University of Arizona in 1986. Gary then worked in high schools and community colleges teaching physical education and health science for several years. After his teaching career, Gary accepted a position performing outreach athletic training assignments for local high schools in Tulsa Oklahoma for three years. Upon returning to Arizona, Gary worked for John C. Lincoln in their Sports Medicine department for five years. He returned to the University of New Mexico and earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration in 2002. Gary then accepted a position as the Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach at WTAMU in Canyon, Texas, where he was employed for five years. He returned to Arizona to be close to his family and again entered the clinical setting and has worked for the last eight years in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. Gary’s hobbies include bow hunting, fishing, camping, four-wheeling and riding his Harley.

 

BARBARA BUNJOVAC – FRONT OFFICE, PHYSICAL THERAPY
Barbara has been employed in the medical field with front office physical therapy experience since 2009. She was born and raised in Arizona and is an avid fan of the state’s sports teams, notably the Cardinals, Suns, and Diamondbacks. The light of her life is spending time with her five grandchildren and enjoying outdoor activities with them. Barbara seeks to bring enthusiasm and a positive attitude in her role as part of the Integrated Orthopedics Physical Therapy, which she joined in 2015.